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Facebook Party

May 17, 2016
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First, I see some say Facebook and some say Virtual....are they the same? Explain difference if there is one.

Second, do you do a script ahead of time and then copy and paste the information in at the time of the event? Where do you put the items you're going to copy and post?

I've heard of "scheduling" posts but not familiar with how/where you would set these up.

Do you have more than one device nearby? I'm afraid my computer or phone will lockup in in the middle. Maybe between laptop, phone and tablet?!! LOL

Any advice is much appreciated!
 

sperts

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Feb 22, 2013
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Hi, I'm not an expert having only had one Virtual Party under my belt.
As far as I understand Facebook and Virtual are the same. When I did my party back in September I went online and found several scripts and created my own using a little from each. I made an outline of what I wanted in word. At that time I used Tiny Torch to schedule my post. I only had my laptop available at the time. But I plan to have my tablet (which I didn't have in September) available when I do a fall product VP.
There are several scheduling sites out there like TinyTorch, Cinchshare and PostMyParty. I now use Cinchshare due to some changes to TinyTorch. I have never used PostMyParty but have heard good things about them. There are people who don't use a scheduling site. At my party I ended up having only 3/4 of my post scheduling do to unforeseen events and I could barely keep up with posting new stuff so I couldn't imagine posting as you go along. Evernote is also used to organize post.
There are facebook groups about virtual parties for more information.
 

raebates

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Dec 6, 2005
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I've done several virtual parties. Sperts is right; virtual parties and Facebook parties are the same thing.

Just like sperts I take bits and pieces from the party outlines shared by others and rewrite them so they sound like me. I usually add my own pictures, too. I keep them in an Evernote note, but a Word document would work as well. I posted live for my first several shows, but then I discovered CinchShare. I use it to get most of the posts scheduled. I post responses (of course) and the winners live. I have my phone nearby, but all of my posts are done with my laptop. The issue you brought up about freezing is one of the reasons I love using CinchShare.

Any other questions? Clarifications?
 
May 17, 2016
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Thanks to both of you for your posts. For these programs to do you have to cut and paste or you do everything within that site somehow. I'm confused (easily done) how it gets to FB
 
Jun 26, 2012
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actually virtual is my understanding the 1 hour facebook shows. whereas, when using facebook it's the 3 days to 1 week long facebook event.... I could be wrong... but that's how I"ve been doing it.
 

raebates

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Dec 6, 2005
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Thanks to both of you for your posts. For these programs to do you have to cut and paste or you do everything within that site somehow. I'm confused (easily done) how it gets to FB

With CinchShare you can do either. You can also import links. It's great. I am a CinchShare Brand Ambassador. If you'd like to check it out, my link is:

http://bit.ly/CinchRae

Use the code CSFree and you'll get 37 days free. (Normal cost is $10/month.)
 

raebates

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Dec 6, 2005
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Hootesuite is good. I find CinchShare to be more user-friendly for me. Plus, I can schedule in events and groups. Last time I used Hootesuite you couldn't do that. I also can't remember how far out you can schedule with Hootesuite. It's up to 2 months with CinchShare.
 
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